Oversea Students Travel Guide for Australia
Posted on: 30 July 2014 by Bob Gorman
When you are a student traveling oversea in pursuit of education you can be both exhilarated and afraid of the new experience. In order to have best possible time during your oversea travel it is always better to be prepared.
The year I spent studying in England was one of the highlights of my time as a university student. As a place rich with culture and plenty of things for a wide-eyed student to explore it was a wonderful, unforgettable experience in which I formed many friendships and learnt many things that will stay with me throughout my life.
In the spirit of helping those who come to my home country of Australia to study, I wanted to share some thoughts on how you too can make the most of your time here and hopefully have as formative an experience as I did in the UK.
The first thing to think about as a student arriving in Australia is your accommodation. This is often the biggest headache when traveling to a new country, but it’s worth taking your time to make sure you choose the right kind of place to stay in. Australian universities often have very vibrant on-campus (and off-campus) communities, and as a foreign student utilising these can be one of the most effective ways to avoid falling into the ‘outsider’ trap where you don’t mix much with native students.
If you prefer a quieter environment, house shares can be another great way to meet people and get involved with your locality, without the constant noise and activity of campus sites. This is also a great way to meet people other than fellow students.
Also, a good idea is to consider temporary accommodation in a hostel while looking for more suitable place to stay. In this case it could be useful to rent a storage unit, for storing your personal belongings, that can be accessed 24/7.
Getting your head around transportation is the other big key towards making the most of your host country. Exploring and discovering things is some of the most fun you can have in a new place, and even penniless students can enjoy the length and breadth of a city with discounted student cards. Give yourself a chance to just walk around, and don’t be afraid to jump on a bus and go across town. The more you know your city, the more comfortable you’ll be, and the more chances to experience something awesome will crop up.
As a student, one of the most important things you can do to make the most of a different country is to take every opportunity you can, and not shy away. Though it sounds obvious, during my time in England I noticed many foreign students were too shy, too nervous, or too lacking in adaptability to fully engage with the culture around them. Whilst every student needs time to themselves to make the most of their studies, it’s arguable that there’s plenty to learn from simply understanding and enjoying a different culture.
You never know when something great will happen, so grab every chance to go out, meet new people, or join in with others. Don’t come to Australia with expectations (those often disappear very quickly!); be open, and you’ll find that Australia is a country that gives back a lot more than it takes!